Photo: Casey B. Gibson
AEVOLO CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
AT TOUR OF ALBERTA
September 4th, 2017
EDMONTON, Alberta – The Aevolo team had yet another impressive day of racing at the Tour of Alberta. The penultimate stage saw Michael Hernandez and Tyler Stites sprint into the top 10, while Zeke Mostov flew the Aevolo colors in the break of the day.
Canadian Jack Burke remains the leader of both the best young rider and best Canadian standings heading into the last stage.
Going into today, the team’s plan was to efficiently tag moves and keep Jack and Michael safe during the 11 lap, 10.2 km circuit race around the University of Alberta.
“I was feeling really good in the opening hour and covered quite a bit,” Mostov said. “Eventually I found myself with Cataford and saw Joe Lewis bridging with a few others. Once Creed gave the go ahead that the field was sitting up, I stepped on the gas.”
The five-man break went up the road with six laps to go and gained a maximum of 1 minute and 15 seconds ahead of the Rally-led peloton.
On the second KOM point of the day, Mostov was the first across and picked up maximum points, placing him third in the mountains classification, six points behind Sepp Kuss (Rally).
The break was caught with 10 km to go, and from there it was down to a field sprint.
“Having Zeke up the road made our life less stressful because we didn’t have to worry about the gap increasing,” Hernandez said. “When we got to the final kilometer, I knew I was too far back. After a couple moves I found my way to the front with 350 meters to go, but a slight hesitation kept me from catching the group by surprise.”
Aevolo is also sitting an excellent third place in the team classification behind World Tour team Cannondale-Drapac and Rally Cycling.
“My teammates made sure I was protected all day,” Burke said. “It’s also unbelievable how Mike Creed knows exactly what’s going to happen over and over again. He relays that to us to make sure we’re positioned and ready. That definitely helps when all the blood’s in our legs and not in our heads.”
The final stage of the Tour of Alberta features a challenging 11 lap circuit around Edmonton totaling 124 kilometers. Streaming coverage of the final stage starts at 3pm and can be found here: www.GlobalNews.ca/Edmonton